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to the money spent, but is anyone actually looking? what dollar goes out of the pentagon to a contractor in iraq and what we're getting. >> we pay a premium, the green zone is very limited. a lot of these people are literally sitting there twiddling their thumbs because they can't get away from the embassy compound. i think it's a huge waste. >> greta: why are we paying them a premium if they can't do anything? >> again, this is where we're' trying to push the president to say, this should not stand. >> greta: we've been in iraq for, you know, for 10 or 11 years and this doesn't just come up now. this is pouring into the war and whatever you want to call it now for 10 or 11 years and has anyone actually gone back to see where we've spent money. what we've got for it and whether or not it's simply just bloat? >> oh, absolutely. a special inspector general for afghan reconstruction and they called the cigar and then the cigeur. and the special inspector and we don't hear about it in the press. >>. >> greta: and the money, do we get it back. >> no, no. >> greta: what do you mean we don't ge
. afterwards the secretary told pentagon workers the united states must lead with its allies. he says he believes the military is a force for good and that he is committed to equal benefits for all service members. secretary hagel also touched on those looming budget cuts calling them a reality we need to figure out. those cuts also a top priority for the nation's next treasury secretary. the senate voted about two hours ago to confirm the former white house chief of staff jack lew to that position. is he now set to succeed tim geithner. lew is the former white house budget director and prior to that he was an exec at citigroup. some republicans had criticized lew over compensation the bank gave him during a time when taxpayers bailed the bank out but today 20 republicans voted for him. the final tally 71 to 26. all that despite a squiggly thing he calls a signature. the president is speaking, giving remarks at the business council dinner at the park hyatt in washington. he expected to urge congress to compromise to replace the sequester, the name for that thing they have given this thin
of the republican plan provoid flexibility for president so agencies like the pentagon could carry out reductions strategically. >> they could go to the service chief on defense side and the agency on the department head on nondefense side and say okay, look. you are used to budgets growing and growing. >> some republicans don't want to give the executive branch power to move money. >> they close down the tax loophole and the flexibility to ask the rich of the rich to contribute more. instead, they're completely inflexible. >> plan offered by senate democrats using tax revenue derailed after the budget office said it would increase the deficit by $7.# billion in the next decade. >> motion not agreed to. >> in an interview for upcoming documentary, the senate leader says facing another deadline should haven't gotten this point. >> we know this was coming. why are we here? why are we here at the 11th hour. no more 11th hour deal. >> mcconnell predicted tomorrow's meeting a in the white house with the top four congressional leaders would be nothing more than a photo op. essentially congress is done
with the pentagon and an aircraft carrier being deployed in the persian gulf. let's show you what he said. >>. >> under the constitution, the president is the commander-in-chief and employs the force so we now have the president going out because of this piece of paper and this agreement, i can't do what i need to do to protect the country. and that kind of madness we've not seen in a long time. >> sean: a type of madness we've not seen in a long time. what about the president releasing criminals, not sending out aircraft carriers. what do you think he's doing? >> i think he's playing political politics. all he wants to do is take more from the taxpayer. that's the sad part. when he sits there and threatens bob woodward, his administration, that's wrong. but think about how many times bob woodward has dealt with presidential-- presidents in the past and what they've threatened him before. for him to come out, woodward, and talk about this, i think this is very big and i think this will even grow into something much more that the american people would be concerned about. >> sean: all right
take some hits at the pentagon and federal programs you can blame the republicans for or would you rather go out and sign onto a cut in medicare that hurts every one of your people, ticks off most of your party? makes you look like you have given the store away. if you're barack obama politician, maybe you're thinking maybe i can dig the sequester after all and this is the problem. everyone says they hate sequestration, everybody would rather have it than have to do something they really, really don't want to do. i'm joined by the nation's john nichols and michael shearer with "time." the reason we're probably going to have sequestration, we're probably going to have all kinds of problems is because it's better than having to do what you don't want to do. republicans don't want to raise taxes. democrats don't want to touch the entitlements. >> i agree with that but i think it's better in short term. the republicans and the white house have cal vat clated and only one will be right if they let this happen they will be in a stronger position in two weeks going into a government shutd
recently well. today we do have news from lockheed martin, the pentagon's biggest contractor suggesting that actually sales this year will drop by more if the automatic spending cuts kick in and future years will also be materially affected. what is your view on the sector? >> well, right now, there's just a lot of fear but there has been for some time. so there might be a certain degree of recovery, realizing that it is bad but not the apocolypse that some people have painted it as and there is a good chance that some damage might be undone in that interim period. so while we don't like living in uncertainty and while there will be paying under almost any scenario, it certainly doesn't mean the end. there are definitely positives for this industry in the sector. >> which is the greatest threats. automatic spending can cuts or the fact that you have a president who is in his second term and therefore perhaps more able to cut spending programs that might hit particular cities or regions and a new defense secretary. >> you know, it is interesting. of course a lot of that is simply by even
see it as an opportunity to slim down the pentagon while republicans are applauding real efforts to shrink the government. however, the white house continues to paint a dire picture. attorney general eric holder says the across the board cuts will make the nation -- listen to me -- less safe. >> oh my lord. >> the justice department is going to lose 9% of its budget between now and september 30th. we'll lose $1.6 billion. there are not going to be as many fbi agents, atf agents, dea agents, prosecutors able to do their jobs as we would like them to do. this is something that will have an impact on the safety of this country and anybody who says that's not true is either lying or saying something that runs contrary to the facts. >> cramer, real quick? >> the sequester is a real bad word. sequester because 99% of american people don't understand it. i hate to use the word on "mad money." i hate it. sequester. >> don't use it. >> you can't. >> birthday cake. we can rename it birthday cake. >> fiscal cliff worked. it had great imagery. >> did you see the story on the front page of "t
over 100,000 pentagon workers will be furloughed and an hour and a half line at least to get on a plane, more like four hours because they have to be furloughed. wait a second! i thought we were all going to all be affected. >> gretchen: that was monday, tuesday, wednesday. >> steve: right. it looks like the white house and cabinet minute secretaries have -- ministers clearly hyped this whole thing. keep in mind, the white house and the administration has a lot of leeway in how the cuts are administered among the agencies and phil gramm, former senator from texas who helped right the sequestration bill in the 1985s, he's going to be our guest in ten minutes. he's going to tell us about the president, if he makes the choices where they are deliberate, maximum cut for maximum political gain, that would be the wrong thing to do for america. >> gretchen: he seems to be backing off on that now because i think if this crisis ultimately did not happen come saturday, the credibility of the president and his administration would be called into question. meantime, what do you think about this? th
claim the pentagon shouldn't be cutting back on critical programs when the tv channel is producer workout programs. but dick durbin says that's missing the point and the forced budget cuts by law don't give departments much discretion can on where to cut. >> i can tell you, it's never that simple and they know it. when you start moving money this late in the game and with few options, your hands are tied. >> it's mandated by law that the attorney general and fbi director take government flights with secure for national security reason. they just want the government to manage its money more ee specific tifl. wolf? >> thanks very much for that report. >>> for 500 years, the swiss guard has kept the pope safe from harm. that job has changed a lot over the years. coming up, cnn talks to a former swiss guard that tells all about the time he spent at the vatican. ♪ (train horn) vo: wherever our trains go, the economy comes to life. norfolk southern. one line, infinite possibilities. so i used my citi thankyou card to pick up some accessories. a new belt. some nylons. and what girl wou
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